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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for animal owners

Published: 2 Oct 2020
Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Advice for pet owners and livestock keepers on looking after the health and welfare of their animals during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for animal owners
Access rights

Rights of access for members of the public

Should you have concerns about accessing recreational areas, utilising by-ways and rights of way, the local authority will be able to advise you in respect of any closures and alternative routes. This will be via General Enquiries to the officers responsible for rights of way and public access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Rights of responsible access to most land in Scotland, including paths, continue to apply during COVID-19. It is important to emphasise that, as always, these rights depend on responsible behaviour, both by the public and land managers. This is particularly important at this time when many people may be using new and unfamiliar local areas for daily outdoor exercise. It is essential to comply with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, to avoid negative impact on crops or livestock.

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First published: 2 Oct 2020 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -